Men spinoff movie Multiple Man in development with James Franco

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Created by Len Wein, Chris Claremont and John Buscema for 1975's Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4, the Marvel Comics mutant would be a recurring character in Uncanny X-Men throughout the '80s, before landing a starring role in Peter David and Larry Stroman's fan-favorite X-Factor run from the '90s. According to Deadline, Fox's latest example finds the somewhat esoteric Multiple Man being cloned for the big screen by James Franco, super producer Simon Kinberg, and Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg. No release date has been set for this film, but we assume it's still a ways away as its now in the early stages of development.

James Franco is attached to play the character, who was born with cloning abilities and who interacted with both the X-Men and Fantastic Four in the comics. X-Men leader Professor X designed the infant a special suit to control his constant reflex urge to clone himself.

Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox is now developing an X-Men spin-off for Franco, which would see him play Multiple Man-a mutant with the ability to instantly create clones of himself. The suit malfunctions, causing Multiple Man to go insane. The film would be part of 20th Century Fox's X-Men universe, which also includes the Deadpool movies, along with the upcoming New Mutants, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and Gambit. It would make sense for a character that's not exactly as much of a household name as many of these other Marvel characters.

The character ahas only appeared once before in live-action: X-Men: The Last Stand.



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